Jordanian King Abdullah II at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2018. © AP

The King of Jordan has ruled out the concept of “substitute homeland” for Palestinians.

At a meeting on Monday, February 26, in Muwaqqar, 20 km east of Amman, Jordan’s King Abdullah II met several tribal chiefs and influential figures of the great Bani Sakhr clan.

Economic concerns, the internal situation and regional issues were on the agenda of this meeting.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II stressed that Jordanian citizens should benefit from a better economic situation by the end of this year. “Economic challenges are what keep me awake,” he added.

He said he warned state officials by asking them to improve the living conditions of Jordanian citizens by the end of 2018.

“State officials must change their methods or work harder,” he said.

Jordan has for weeks been the scene of a series of protests against the high cost of basic necessities, including bread and fuel.

The Jordanian king then dwelt on the settlement of the crisis in Syria, saying that it took time. He hopes that Syrian refugees living in Jordan will be able to return to their country as they go.

With regard to the concept of a “homeland of substitution”, Abdallah II said: “Some of our brothers and the Israelis speak of a substitute homeland for the Palestinians whereas in my opinion such a concept does not exist. does not exist “.

The Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Riyad al-Maliki, announced on Thursday, February 15, that US President Donald Trump had begun to implement the “agreement of the century” through a series of concrete actions.

Riyad al-Maliki said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s trip to several countries in the region, including Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey, was part of the implementation of Trump’s plan.

Mr. al-Maliki added that the transfer of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Quds, the suspension of much of the financial aid to UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Middle East) and efforts to challenge the right of return of Palestinian refugees were among the measures to implement this agreement of the century, an agreement that was only sealed with the Israeli side.

The agreement of the century is a plan proposed by the US government and supported by the Saudi and Israeli regimes. It is supposedly aimed at putting an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and at allowing, and above all, the normalization of the relations of the Arab countries with the Israeli regime.

In this plan and in subsequent negotiations, the issue of displaced persons should be resolved on the basis of the principle of “substitute fatherland” outside occupied Palestine and the “right of return” of Palestinian refugees in their country will be definitively canceled.

According to this plan, the Palestinian state will be established in the Gaza Strip and only in zones A, B and parts of zone C of the West Bank. In addition, the final status of Qods and the return of the displaced will be referred to subsequent negotiations. Finally, peace negotiations will begin between the Israeli regime and the Arab countries under the leadership of Saudi Arabia.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are cooperating with the United States and the Israeli regime in this regard, although there are some differences between them over some issues, such as the return of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons.

The Sinai Peninsula in northeastern Egypt and parts of Jordan are envisioned in this plan to constitute what is called a “substitute homeland”.


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